Jim's initial prognosis for the day was spelt out in his morning alert email:
"Today blue / small cu to 5000ft in parts with 8-12Kt E'ly. Strongest thermals in east Anglia, most cloud in W. Don't think BLD is on. For a task I would suggest either:
BOB-LA6-DEV-BOO for 200 or
BOB-EDG-DID-BOO for 150 if you prefer to go N, or
BOB-BAS-WLY-BOO for 120
or maybe this is the day to set an AAT?
BOB-BRC 25K-YTT 20K-BOO 2Hrs"
As it turned out, we eventually elected for a single task -
Booker Bridge (BOB) - Edgehill (EDG) - Oxford East (OXF) - Membury (MEM) - Booker Airfield (BOO) - 199km.
There was some limited high level Cu around interspersed with quite a few blue gaps which made the task 'interesting' when combined with the 12kt crosswind. However everyone who started easliy rose to the challenge and successfully completed the task. I think at least one pundit extended beyond Membury and continued down to Marlborough and back (ah, the delights of bigger wings).
A Grand Day Out!